FAMILY LAW ACT

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FAMILY LAW ACT

[SBC 2011] CHAPTER 25

Assented to November 24, 2011

Contents
Part 1 — Interpretation
1 Definitions
2 General interpretation
3 Spouses and relationships between spouses
Part 2 — Resolution of Family Law Disputes
Division 1 — Resolution Out of Court Preferred
4 Purposes of Part
5 Duty to disclose
6 Agreements respecting family law disputes generally
7 Replacing agreements
8 Duties of family dispute resolution professionals
9 Duties of parties respecting family dispute resolution
Division 2 — Family Justice Counsellors
10 Family justice counsellors
11 Confidentiality of information
12 Family justice counsellors not to be compelled
13 Information obtained while receiving assistance
Division 3 — Parenting Coordinators
14 Parenting coordinators
15 When parenting coordinators may assist
16 Information sharing for parenting coordination
17 Assistance from parenting coordinators
18 Determinations by parenting coordinators
19 Changing or setting aside determinations
Part 3 — Parentage
Division 1 — General Matters
20 Interpretation
21 Void and voidable marriages
22 Effect of Part
Division 2 — Determining Parentage
23 Parentage to be determined by this Part
24 Donor not automatically parent
25 Parentage if adoption
26 Parentage if no assisted reproduction
27 Parentage if assisted reproduction
28 Parentage if assisted reproduction after death
29 Parentage if surrogacy arrangement
30 Parentage if other arrangement
31 Orders declaring parentage
32 New evidence
33 Parentage tests
Division 3 — Orders Made Outside British Columbia
34 Definitions
35 Recognition of Canadian extraprovincial declaratory orders
36 Recognition of non-Canadian extraprovincial declaratory orders
Part 4 — Care of and Time with Children
Division 1 — Best Interests of Child
37 Best interests of child
38 Assessing family violence
Division 2 — Parenting Arrangements
39 Parents are generally guardians
40 Parenting arrangements
41 Parental responsibilities
42 Parenting time
43 Exercise of parental responsibilities
44 Agreements respecting parenting arrangements
45 Orders respecting parenting arrangements
46 Changes to child’s residence if no agreement or order
47 Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting parenting arrangements
48 Informal parenting arrangements
49 Referral of questions to court
Division 3 — Guardianship
50 Agreements respecting guardianship
51 Orders respecting guardianship
52 Who is entitled to notice
53 Appointment of guardian in case of death
54 Loss of guardian
55 Appointment of standby guardian
56 Limits on appointments
57 Appointments must be accepted to take effect
Division 4 — Contact with a Child
58 Agreements respecting contact
59 Orders respecting contact
60 Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting contact
Division 5 — Compliance Respecting Parenting Time or Contact with a Child
61 Denial of parenting time or contact
62 When denial is not wrongful
63 Failure to exercise parenting time or contact
64 Orders to prevent removal of child
Division 6 — Relocation
65 Definition and application
66 Notice of relocation
67 Resolving issues arising from relocation
68 Child may be relocated unless guardian objects
69 Orders respecting relocation
70 If relocation permitted
71 Not a change in circumstances
Division 7 — Extraprovincial Matters Respecting Parenting Arrangements
72 Definitions and interpretation
73 Purposes
74 Determining whether to act under this Part
75 Recognition of extraprovincial orders
76 Superseding extraprovincial orders
77 Wrongful removal of child
78 Extraprovincial evidence
79 Referral to court
Division 8 — International Child Abduction
80 International child abduction
Part 5 — Property Division
Division 1 — General Rules
81 Equal entitlement and responsibility
82 Rights and remedies of third parties
Division 2 — Determining Family Property and Family Debt
83 Interpretation
84 Family property
85 Excluded property
86 Family debt
87 Valuing family property and family debt
Division 3 — Before Agreement or Final Order is Made
88 Orders under this Division
89 Orders for interim distribution of property
90 Temporary orders respecting family residence
91 Temporary orders respecting protection of property
Division 4 — Dividing Family Property and Family Debt
92 Agreements respecting property division
93 Setting aside agreements respecting property division
94 Orders respecting property division
95 Unequal division by order
96 Division of excluded property
97 Giving effect to property division
Division 5 — Enforcing and Protecting Property Interests
98 Definitions
99 Filing in land title office
100 Filing in personal property registry
101 Orders for postponement, cancellation or discharge
102 Donor of gift is party to agreement
103 Enforceability of interest in property
104 Rights under this Part
Division 6 — Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Rules
105 Definitions and interpretation
106 Determining whether to act under this Part
107 Proper law of relationship
108 Choice of law rules
109 Extraprovincial property
Part 6 — Pension Division
Division 1 — General Matters
110 Definitions
111 Benefits to be determined in accordance with this Part
112 Original agreements and orders
113 Designation of limited members
Division 2 — Division of Benefits under Local Plans
114 Benefits determined under defined contribution provision
115 Benefits determined under defined benefit formula provision
116 Local hybrid plans
117 Local plans after pension commencement
Division 3 — Division of Other Benefits
118 Annuities
119 Supplemental plans
120 Compensation for lost supplemental benefits
121 Benefits for specified individuals
122 Disability benefits
123 Extraprovincial plans
Division 4 — Death of Member or Limited Member
124 Death of member or limited member
125 Entitlement to survivor benefits
126 Waiving pension or survivor benefits
Division 5 — Other Matters Respecting Pension Division
127 Agreements respecting division
128 Determining compensation
129 Reapportioning benefits
130 Clarifying division of benefits
131 Changing division of benefits in unusual circumstances
132 Retroactive division of benefits
Division 6 — Administrative Matters
133 Information from plan
134 Agreement or order required for division of benefits
135 Information required by plan
136 Notice or waiver
137 Implementing division of benefits
138 Adjustment of member’s pension
139 Transfer of commuted value of separate pension or share
140 Administrative costs
141 Income tax
142 Claim does not relieve duty to administer benefits
143 Administrator’s duties
144 Trust of survivor and pension benefits
145 No further entitlement after division of benefits
Part 7 — Child and Spousal Support
Division 1 — Definitions
146 Definitions
Division 2 — Child Support
147 Duty to provide support for child
148 Agreements respecting child support
149 Orders respecting child support
150 Determining child support
151 If parentage at issue
152 Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting child support
Division 3 — Child Support Service
153 Definitions
154 Establishment of child support service
155 Recalculation of child support
156 Correction of recalculation
157 Changing, suspending or terminating recalculated amounts
158 Information to be given to child support service
159 Notices
Division 4 — Spousal Support
160 Duty to provide support for entitled spouse
161 Objectives of spousal support
162 Determining spousal support
163 Agreements respecting spousal support
164 Setting aside agreements respecting spousal support
165 Orders respecting spousal support
166 Misconduct of spouse
167 Changing, suspending or terminating orders respecting spousal support
168 Review of spousal support
169 Review of spousal support if pension benefits
Division 5 — General
170 Matters that may be provided for in support orders
171 Support obligations after death
172 Separate support amounts required
173 Priority of child support
174 Reducing or cancelling arrears
Part 8 — Children’s Property
175 Definitions
176 Guardian not automatically entitled to receive property
177 Delivery of any property to trustee
178 Delivery of small property
179 Appointment of trustee by Supreme Court
180 Subsequent applications respecting trustee
181 When child’s property must be delivered to child
Part 9 — Protection from Family Violence
182 Definitions
183 Orders respecting protection
184 Whether to make protection order
185 If child a family member
186 Orders without notice
187 Changing or terminating orders respecting protection
188 Enforcing orders respecting protection
189 Conflict between orders
190 Rights not affected by Act
191 Extraprovincial orders
Part 10 — Court Processes
Division 1 — Jurisdiction of Court Generally
192 Supreme Court jurisdiction
193 Provincial Court jurisdiction
194 Overlapping court jurisdiction
194.1 Joining proceedings
195 Provincial Court enforcement of Supreme Court orders
196 Certain actions must not be maintained
Division 2 — Procedural Matters
197 Complying with duties respecting family dispute resolution
198 Time limits
199 Conduct of proceeding
200 Applications may be heard in party’s absence
201 Legal capacity of children
202 Court may decide how child’s evidence is received
203 Children’s lawyer
204 Intervention by Attorney General or other person
205 Spouse compellable as witness
206 Exclusion of the public or from publication
207 Information accompanying orders
Division 3 — Standing in Aboriginal Matters
208 Guardianship of Nisga’a child
209 Guardianship of treaty first nation child
210 Property proceeding involving treaty lands
Division 4 — General Orders the Court May Make
211 Orders respecting reports
212 Orders respecting disclosure
213 Enforcing orders respecting disclosure
214 Orders respecting agreements
215 Changing, suspending or terminating orders generally
216 Court may make interim orders
217 Interim orders before changing, suspending or terminating orders
218 Terms and conditions of orders
219 Persons may consent to order being made
220 Court may make order on behalf of child
221 Misuse of court process
Division 5 — Orders Respecting Conduct
222 Purposes for which orders respecting conduct may be made
223 Orders respecting case management
224 Orders respecting dispute resolution, counselling and programs
225 Orders restricting communications
226 Orders respecting residence
227 Other orders respecting conduct
228 Enforcing orders respecting conduct
Division 6 — Enforcement Generally
229 Service need not be proved
230 Enforcing orders generally
231 Extraordinary remedies
232 Offence Act application
Division 7 — Appeals
233 Appeals from Provincial Court orders
234 Order under appeal remains in effect
Part 11 — Search Officers
235 Definitions
236 Search officers
237 Searchable information
238 Requesting and disclosing searchable information
239 Requesting searchable information
240 Disclosing searchable information
241 Information-sharing agreements
242 Orders respecting searchable information
243 Restrictions on disclosure of information
244 Offences
Part 12 — Regulations
245 Regulations respecting family dispute resolution
246 Regulations respecting pension division
247 Regulations respecting child support
248 General regulation-making powers
249 Other regulation-making powers
Part 13 — Transitional Provisions
250 Definition
251 Transition — care of and time with children
252 Transition — proceeding respecting property division
253 Transition — pension benefits
254 Transition — changing, suspending or terminating orders
255 Transition — restraining orders
256 Transition — regulations
Part 14 — Repeals, Related Amendment and Consequential Amendments
257-259  Repeals
260  Related Amendment
261-481  Consequential Amendments
482 Commencement
Schedule
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